Cardinal Connection

News from the Activities Office

Wednesday, December 8, 2021




Alexandria 56 Willmar 64

The Lady Cards came up a bit short against Willmar in a close battle last night at home. It was a game of runs with both teams jockeying for control most of the night. We were hampered by foul trouble as Willmar cashed in from the line. We cut the lead to 3 with .30 left but failed to execute down the stretch and were forced to foul. It was a night where we definitely didn’t play like we’d hoped on either end of the court but continued to battle and push Willmar to the end. Scoring was paced by freshman Chloe Scholl with 12 and Hadley Thul with 10. Thul was hampered with foul trouble and saw limited action. Freshman MaCee Linow hit for 9. Senior Tessa McGrane had 8. Elle Heydt and Ella Steussy 5, Lillian Thul 4, Ella Sayre 2 and Allie Haabala 1.

We will be better from this and use this to learn, grow and stay on our journey and mission.

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Alexandria 52 Willmar 41

The Alexandria Cardinals hosted the Cardinals of Willmar Tuesday night. The first half of the game was a beautiful display of basketball as Alexandria was able to apply their full court pressure on defense and share the ball on offense. Ella Steussy, Kaia Emter, Carlie Wolf, and Michelle Nieland would combine to hit 7 three pointers in the first half alone. The end of the first half would have Alexandria up 43-17. The second half was another story for both Cardinals. Those that arrived at halftime might have been confused between whether they were watching a basketball game or a free throw contest as both teams combined to shoot 40 free throws in the second half alone. In the end, Alexandria was able to hang on to a 52-41 victory. The win puts Alex JV Girls at 3-1 on the year.


Alexandria 6 Little Falls 7 OT

The Alexandria Boys Hockey team headed to Little Falls to take on the flyers. Although a big rivalry game between the #9 ranked Cardinals and #6 ranked Flyers, it was no longer a section game for the two clubs. The Cardinals came out strong drawing a 5 minute power play in the first period where they were able to capitalized with 3 goals. The first from Nick Peterson assisted by Mason Loch and Tyler Kludt. The second from Brycen Berg assisted by Josiah Gronholz and Pieter Mulder and the third by Tyler Kludt assisted by Nick Peterson and Joe Lamski. The Cardinals added to their lead with a goal by Brennan Lattimer off an assist from Josiah Gronholz. The first period ended with the Cardinals leading 4-0 and outshooting the flyers 10-4. Brycen Berg got his second of the night early in the second period with assists from Josiah Gronholz and Tyler Kludt. The Flyers were able to get on the board at the 9:03 mark of the second period. Alexandria responded well with another powerplay goal, their 4th of the night and Nick Peterson’s second goal of the game with assists from Tyler Kludt and Joe Lamski. Two late period goals from the Flyers kick started their comeback as they headed into the final period down 6-3. The third period was back and forth with both teams having opportunities to score. Unfortunately for the Cardinals it was the flyers who were able to capitalize on their chances scoring 6:00 minutes into the final period and 2 late goals with less than two minutes left in the game to force overtime. The Cardinals found themselves on the powerplay in overtime and had good opportunities to score but a lapse in concentration allowed the Flyers a shorthanded opportunity to score and win the game. Teagan Pfeffer made the start for the Cardinals with 20 saves on 27 shots faced. The Cardinals outshot the flyers 38 to 27 in the contest. Although a disappointing loss for the Cardinals, the positives taken from the game were the powerplay opportunities they capitalized on and the fact that they proved they can dominate the 6th ranked team in the state when they play to their abilities. The Cardinals look to rebound this Saturday as Minneapolis heads to town for their home opener. Junior Varsity starts at 11:00 and puck drops for Varsity at 1:00 pm at the Runestone Community Center.


Alexandria 4 Little Falls 3 OT

The Alexandria Cardinals Junior Varsity Boys Hockey Team traveled to Little Falls in a battle of old rivals on Tuesday night. Alexandria snuck out the victory 4 to 3 in Overtime. Alexandria jumped out to an early lead when Owen Draper buried a shot from the the hashmarks. Alexandria extended the lead on a rebound goal by Brayden Steidl. With 1 minute remaining in the second period Ryland Block put the Cardinals up 3-1. LIttle Falls would battle back in the third and tie the game. Evan Anderson scored the game winner 2 minutes into Overtime to secure the 4-3 victory. Elijah Rasmusen recorded the victory in net for the Cardinals. Up next the Cardinals take on Minneapolis Southwest on Saturday at home.


Alex 93 - Detroit Lakes 53

The Alexandria Boys Basketball team opened the season at Detroit Lakes on Tuesday evening. The Cards jumped out to an early lead and sustained a lead that would not be relinquished throughout the night. Alex utilized great defensive energy and unselfish offensive play to keep the Lakers on their heels throughout the game. The Cards host Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday evening in their CLC opener.


Alexandria - 69 Detroit Lakes - 47

The JV Boys Basketball Team started their season off with a win, on the road, Tuesday night. The JV Team took the lead early with defensive pressure that lead to scoring opportunities. The Cards gradually built their lead taking a 12 point advantages into the locker room (30-18). In the 2nd half the Cards had ample opportunities to put the Lakers away, but failed to buckle down on defense, allowing D.L. to keep pace. Late in the game, the Cards caused more turnovers to finally seal the game.


Alexandria 57 Detroit Lakes 43

The Alexandria JV2 (formally known as 'B' squad) traveled to Detroit Lakes last night for their first game. The Cards and Lakers went back and forth early on in the game with the Lakers taking a slight lead, but as the half wore on the Cardinals were able to put pressure on the Lakers that led to easy baskets and a comfortable half-time lead of 43-26. The Cards came out with the same energy in the second half but missed a lot of shots that as the season continues we will be able to convert. The Lakers were able to cut the lead to 14 points as the game drew to a close with a couple of launched three-pointers. Overall the team felt they earned a solid win against a competitive team. For this early in the season we are in a very good spot both offensively and defensively as we move into our next game versus Sauk Rapids on Thursday night at home.


Today the Alexandria Cardinal Nordic Ski Team competed at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes. The skiers were tasked with a 3 loop race, whereas JV was about a 1K loop, and Varsity did a 1.1K or so loop. Temps hovered around the 0F mark, but we were able to spike to about 10F, which made for slow snow. Teams that were competed today were: Bemidji, Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Little Falls, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, TrekNorth, and Wadena-Deer Creek (new program).

Results are as follows:

JV Boys:

  • Trey Johnson - 23rd - 12:53
  • Gabe Hoven - 30th - 13:46
  • Luke Walsh - 32nd - 13:54
  • Kahllin Franson - 43rd - 15:42

JV Girls:

  • Greta Oldenkamp - 4th - 13:55
  • Amelia Lucken - 7th - 14:11
  • Emma Hochhalter - 9th - 14:24
  • Madeline Hochhalter - 10th - 14:25
  • Meredith Sundby - 12th - 14:49
  • Taylor Swedberg - 19th - 15:25
  • Tiahna Goeke - 34th - 17:16
  • Tatum Ketelsen - 49th - 18:58
  • Mattie Scholten - 51st - 19:25

Varsity Boys:

  • Ryker Bosek - 14th - 13:47
  • Spenser Chinn - 24th - 14:54
  • Max Chinn - 33rd - 15:29
  • Cyler Coauette - 50th - 17:04
  • Owen Gilbertson - 53rd - 17:43
  • Nick Borden - 54th - 17:59
  • Matthew Johnson - 57th - 19:02

Varsity Girls:

  • Jaelyn Miller - 4th - 16:22
  • Amanda Bergerson - 14th - 17:42
  • Kasey Soderholm - 16th - 18:07
  • Dulce Bakker - 23rd - 18:52
  • Bobbi Nichols - 27th - 19:07
  • Mackenzie Jurchenko - 28th - 19:08
  • Lauren Englund - 34th - 19:46
  • Teresa Bitzan - 43rd - 21:15



Registration for the Archery Season 2022 is now open

Go to the AAHS web page, click on the Activities Tab, Winter Sports, and Archery and read the information sheet.

All registration for Archery must be done on line and the $30.00 activity fee paid on line or at the school office prior to the 1st day of practice which starts on Dec. 7th,

An additional check for $30.00 to cover local archery tournament entry fees and bow maintenance must be paid to “Viking Sportsmen” prior to practicing. (Give the check to coaches) all fees are non-refundable. Some local schools may have 3D Shoots, this additional fee will need to be paid prior to that shoot. If the archer plans to shoot the State Target Shoot or State 3D shoot or both, these two additional fees must be paid several weeks before the State Tournament

Practice days and times will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings starting at 7:00 -8:15 in the small gym. If school is 2hr late we will not have practice

I will be in school the morning of November 19 at the B Wing Learning Stairs from 7:45am to 8:00am to answer any questions and to visit.

Coach AL Hansen

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Christmas Concert Tickets

Tickets are available at the door one prior to each concert.
  • $6 for adults
  • $4 students (K-12)


Hadley Thul has been named Central Lakes Conference Offensive Performer of the Week in Girls Basketball. In three games, Hadley scored 55 points and 7 assists
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Do you have a passion that you want to teach others? The Early Education Center is looking for enrichment and recreation instructors. These special courses will be dedicated to our 3 - 6 year old age group. Contact for more information.


We are looking for help with ticket selling/taking for winter events.

Could you use a pass to the athletic or fine arts events? We need ticket sellers for many of our upcoming events.

You will receive a complimentary pass good for 15 home athletic/fine arts events (a $90.00 value) in exchange for working three home athletic events or four concerts. One of these passes will admit you or anyone else to 15 regular season home events.

We have openings for the following:

  • · Orchestra Concert
  • · Band Concert
  • · Choir Concert
  • · Christmas Concert
  • · Boys Swimming and Diving
  • · Boys Basketball
  • · Girls Basketball
  • · Boys Hockey
  • · Girls Hockey
  • · Wrestling
  • · Dance Team
  • · Gymnastics
  • · Softball
  • · Baseball

Please let me know if you can help with any of these events or if you know someone who might be interested. If you have any questions, please contact me at 762-2142 ext 4530 or email me.

Thank you in advance for your help!




The yearbook class is looking for all sorts of photos for this year's yearbook!

Some photos we are looking for: Spring Sports from 2021, Fall Sports 2021, Student Life photos (you and your friends at school, at home, etc), Fall Photos, and Summer photos!

TEXT or email them to: ‪

(320) 298-1102‬ or


Alexandria Public Schools Community Education

Compass, School Age Childcare, Assistant $12-$14/hour

Compass, School Age childcare, Group Leaders, $15-16/hour

Community Education is looking for creative, energetic and personable people who have a passion for students. Compass is Alexandria Community Education's school-age care program, providing before and after school, non school day and summer care for students PreK-5th Grade. The program is located in all elementary schools and the Early Education Center.

Compass Assistants must be at least 16 years old and are often appealing to high school students looking for money or considering a career in teaching or child development. Compass Group Leaders must be at least 18 years old, have previous experience working with students and be a self starter.
Learn more and apply HERE


Lunches for students in activities or after school events are available for order at Perks Plus,

  • $6.00 each, due at time of ordering, either cash or you can use your lunch account.
  • Options are Ham or Turkey sub or a PBJ.
  • All meals include fruit, veg, chips, cookie and a water.

*cut off time to order for that day is 11am

Attention Senior Citizens…….

Become a Classic Cardinal Fan!!

Alexandria Public Schools values the senior citizens of Alexandria and appreciates the support they give to the students and coaches/advisors of the athletic teams and fine arts groups. To show our appreciation to these citizens, we have a “Classic Cardinal Fan” pass available to anyone 65 years old or older. This pass sells for $20 and will permit the holder to attend 10 regular season contests of their choice. This is a $40 savings. These passes will be for sale at the ticket booths at any contest, or they may be purchased at the Activities Office at Alexandria Area High School.

Great Gifts for Grandparents!!


Cardinal Fans!

Discount passes are available

  • Adult - 10 punch pass $50
  • Student - 10 punch pass $30

These passes will permit the holder to attend 10 regular season contests of their choice. Punch passes will be for sale at the ticket booths at any contest, or they may be purchased at the Activities Office at Alexandria Area High School.



You may access the online registration at this link

· If you have not used the districts online payment module in the past for activities, Chromebooks, food service, parking permits, etc. You will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT prior to registering.

· Registration needs to be complete prior to student’s being able to participate.

Reminder that students must have a physical every three years in order to participate. The online registration module will not allow you to proceed if a physical exam is needed. If you have questions please contact Sheree in the AAHS activities office 320-762-2142 ext 4530 or contact your healthcare provider.

2021-22 MSHSL Sports Physical form


Discounted fees are available for families who qualify for Free/Reduced Educational Benefits. If you feel you qualify, please go to to complete the on-line application. Paper copies are available at each school office."

Although meals are again free this year, activities fees are based on Free/Reduced Educational Benefits and may provide you a discount on activity fees.

Cardinal Apparel and hats available at the Cardinal Store

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Home of the Cardinals

Alexandria Area High School offers more than 50 co-curricular programs including the full complement of Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) offerings - featuring varsity sports, fine and performing arts, and numerous school clubs and organizations. These student activities have continually excelled in regional and state competitions.